How to Play Around the Clock Dart Game

Written by joe fletcher
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Around the Clock is a straightforward and entertaining dart game that can be picked up quickly. The game is an excellent way to practice your aim, as you'll have to hit every individual section of the board.

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Things you need

  • Dart board
  • 2 Sets of Darts (3 per set)
  • 2 Players

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  1. 1

    Get a partner. Around the Clock requires 2 people.

  2. 2

    Measure distance. Technically you should be standing 7 feet, 9.25 inches from the board. Use a tape measure and mark with tape for accuracy. Or estimate, if you'd prefer. Just be sure that each player maintains the same throwing distance for fairness.

  3. 3

    Decide who goes first. This can be decided by throwing one dart at the board and awarding first turn to the high scorer.

  4. 4

    Player 1 throws darts. Each player will alternate throwing his 3 darts. The object of the game is to proceed from 1 to 20 in order. So you will aim for 1 first, and once you've hit it, move on to 2, and so on. If you hit a number out of order, this number does not count--only numbers hit in appropriate order will allow you to proceed to the next number.

  5. 5

    Pull darts off the board. Player 2 then throws three darts.

  6. 6

    Once a player has reached 20, she will need to hit the bull's eye, and then the double bull's eye. The player who hits the double bull's eye first is the winner.

Tips and warnings

  • For a more interesting version of the game, use the double and triple rings of the board. Looking at the board, you see an inner and outer ring circumnavigating the board with wire borders. Each ring has a spot in every numbered section. The outer ring is double and the inner ring is triple, in other dart games. In Around the Clock, if you hit a double, you can then skip the next number in your sequence. For example, if you hit a double 2, skip 3 and aim for 4. If you hit the triple, you skip the next two numbers. This will help your aim and accuracy further, as the double and triples are smaller and harder to hit.
  • Around the Clock can also be played in descending order from 20 to 1.
  • The bull's eye is actually the ring surrounding the red dot in the centre of the dart board. The red dot is the double bull's eye, despite the popularity and imagery of "bull's eye".
  • Be sure to stay clear of the throwing area when others are throwing darts.

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